Editor: What happened to that new thread from yesterday? Palo Alto Issues, posted by Lorraine Sparaco, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Mar 6, 2007 at 12:53 pm
Late yesterday I ran across a new thread regarding tonight's PAUSD board meeting. It concerned a charter school issue which was to be on the agenda and was related to recripocal payment arrangements between districts for transfer students.
Today I wanted to read it again and it's nowhere to be found.Where is it? Can the author of a thread rescind it? Or can you point me to where it's now located? I believe I found it in "Palo Alto Issues", but could have been in "Palo Alto Schools and Kids".
Posted by Lorraine Sparaco, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Mar 6, 2007 at 3:33 pm
When I saw it yesterday, it was a sepatate new thread in "Palo Alto Issues". And I think this wording has a slight variation. Editor, how does that happen? Can you answer how it went from a separate thread to be tacked onto an old thread?
Posted by Tyler Hanley, online editor of Palo Alto Online, on Mar 6, 2007 at 3:38 pm Tyler Hanley is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
No topics or posts were removed or moved yesterday. I don't recall there being any topic posted yesterday on tonight's school board meeting, and our system log doesn't show anything. We wouldn't move something around like this unless it was obvious that the poster was confused and intended it to be a comment on another post. Sorry.
Posted by Parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Mar 6, 2007 at 5:14 pm
I just went and took a look at the post in question, in the link provided above. The poster (Board Observer) makes some accusations about fishy business by the board.
I would say just the opposite is occuring. The board very prudently is creating or renewing reciprocal funding agreements for students from basic aid districts who are attending in other basic aid districts (between two basic aid districts), so that the home district pays for that student. This prevents either school district from harmful effects of housing other basic aid districts students at its charter schools. (I believe the Los Alto agreement is a renewal - I've been going to board meetings for a little over a year, and I believe I recall this coming up last year as well.)
This is quite timely and I'd expect nothing less from the board in terms of protecting PAUSD. I would expect the board to be getting very aggressive on setting up whatever procedures and precedent it can to shield from the harmful effects of charter school threats, given the current threatening stance of the PACE group.
The fact that the Board Observer is distraught by this, is probably because she is counting on the fact (or I should say perception) that charters are financially harmful to PAUSD, which creates a useful leverage point for her in pressuring the district to reconsider starting MI as a choice program to avoid the charter threat.
I would urge the board to aggressively pursue the reciprocal agreements with all other surrounding basic aid districts. This is one sure way to remove most of the negative financial impact of a charter (and thereby 'neutralizing' the bargaining chip that the MI charter group is counting on.)
The second item seems to be a procedural item, making it clearer or easier for students to move between Bullis and the PAUSD school district (and back again?) I don't know what implication this has on charter schools in general. Does anyone know?
Posted by OhlonePar, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2007 at 12:21 am
It's interesting to me that a charter has to have at least 80 kids from a district in order for the district to supply space. 80 K/1s from Palo Alto . . . one third of whom need to be native Mandarin speakers. There are fewer than 1,000 Mandarin speakers in Palo Alto.
The numbers just don't add up. And if the numbers don't add up, the MI charter folks are going to need to find space (as well as teachers and staff) on their own.
Finding space is a big challenge if they can't force the PAUSD to provide it for them. School space is at a premium--they'll be competing against some of the private schools.
Posted by Parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2007 at 9:39 am
And what about these private schools. I am sure that they do not want to lose students to a charter school. If a charter school was developed, many parents would presumably want to opt for the same type of education for free rather than an expensive private school.
Maybe it is their facilities that will end up being available as they close due to lack of enrollment!!!